Critic Chris Curcio has been writing about the theater and performing arts since 1968. His reviews and articles have appeared in Arizona Foothills magazine, The Arizona Republic, In Theater magazine, Variety, and the San Jose Mercury News. He currently is theater critic for KBAQ, 89.5 FM, the Phoenix Public Radio classical music station. He contributes occasional theater reviews to The Arizona Republic and writes for The Sondheim Review as that national journal’s Arizona correspondent. He is one of two members of the American Theatre Critics Association in Arizona. His KBAQ reviews are posted on his web site, Curtain Up Phoenix (, and his reviews are also on the KBAQ web site ( He is the CD critic for musical theater recordings on the Broadway’s Biggest Hits web site (

Curcio holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration from U.C.L.A., where he completed an internship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Drama with a Theater Emphasis from California State University, Hayward, where he also has a Journalism minor. He attends over 250 theater productions a year including at least one annual visit to New York City to see the latest shows on and off Broadway. He has a collection of musical theater recordings that includes over 6,000 records and CDs representing over 2,500 different shows.